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ERIC Number: EJ1079297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
A Drawing Task to Assess Emotion Inference in Language-Impaired Children
Vendeville, Nathalie; Blanc, Nathalie; Brechet, Claire
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v58 n5 p1563-1569 Oct 2015
Purpose: Studies investigating the ability of children with language impairment (LI) to infer emotions rely on verbal responses (which can be challenging for these children) and/or the selection of a card representing an emotion (which limits the response range). In contrast, a drawing task might allow a broad spectrum of responses without involving language. This study used a drawing task to compare the ability to make emotional inferences in children with and without LI. Method: Twenty-two children with LI and 22 typically developing children ages 6 to 10 years were assessed in school during 3 sessions. They were asked to listen to audio stories. At specific moments, the experimenter stopped the recording and asked children to complete the drawing of a face to depict the emotion felt by the story's character. Three adult study-blind judges were subsequently asked to evaluate the expressiveness of the drawings. Results: Children with LI had more difficulty than typically developing children making emotional inferences. Children with LI also made more errors of different valence than their typically developing peers. Conclusion: Our findings confirm that children with LI show difficulty in producing emotional inferences, even when performing a drawing task--a relatively language-free response mode.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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